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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hamilton - free public transit for seniors could reduce carbon emission by 1M tonnes

the spec: "Seniors using free transit for one in 10 of their journeys might reduce car use in Ontario by a whopping 2.25 billion miles per year, reducing carbon emissions by almost one million tonnes. Every senior couple that free transit allows to take one car off the road reduces annual CO2 emissions by around 3.5 tonnes. Congestion on local roads and highways might be reduced by 1.5 per cent, further reducing emissions and enabling working people, business transport and goods to move more efficiently, improving productivity, and supporting the vibrant business environment our province strives to encourage.

Studies indicate that as we age our cognitive abilities and response times deteriorate resulting in higher levels of injuries, claims and consequent concerns for senior drivers, their families and traffic authorities. This is an emotionally charged subject we are loath to address for fear of offending parents or potential voters. Free transit for seniors would alleviate that by providing a dignified and affordable alternative to driving."